Keywords: abscond, exploit

Sign Definition

As a Noun

  1. A successful and complete escape from somewhere.
  2. The complete and successful removal or theft of something from somewhere.

As a Verb or Adjective

  1. To run away from a place successfully so that you disappear completely and cannot be found. Idiomatic English = escape into thin air. Formal English = abscond.
  2. To take something from a place and to run away with it. Idiomatic English = run off with. Formal English = abscond with.
  3. To take something away from someone without treating them fairly (eg, paying a fair price); to treat someone very unfairly by using their work or their ideas and giving them very little in return. English = exploit.
  4. To make someone's position untenable in an argument or other situation of conflict by successfully criticising them. Idiomatic English = pull the rug from under someone.